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Even man who would increase his material wealth must be willing to part with (invest) what little capital he has, and then wait for increase. So long as he retains his hold on his precious money, he will not only remain poor, but will be growing poorer everyday. He will, after all, lose thing he loves, and will lose it without increase. But if he wisely lets it go; if, like farmer, he scatters his seeds of gold, then he can faithfully wait for, and reasonably expect, increase.
Men are asking God to give them peace and purity, and righteousness and blessedness, but are not obtaining these things; and why not? Because they are not practising them, not sowing them. I once heard a preacher pray very earnestly for forgiveness, and shortly afterwards, in course of his sermon, he called upon his congregation to "show no mercy to enemies of church." Such self-delusion is pitiful, and men have yet to learn that way to obtain peace and blessedness is to scatter peaceful and blessed thoughts, words, and deeds.
Men believe that they can sow seeds of strife, impurity, and unbrotherliness, and then gather in a rich harvest of peace, purity and concord by merely asking for it. What more pathetic sight than to see an irritable and quarrelsome man praying for peace. Men reap that which they sow, and any man can reap all blessedness now and at once, if he will put aside selfishness, and sow broadcast seeds of kindness, gentleness, and love.
If a man is troubled, perplexed, sorrowful, or unhappy, let him ask:
"What mental seeds have I been sowing?" "What seeds am I sowing?" "What have I done for others?" "What is my attitude towards others?" "What seeds of trouble and sorrow and unhappiness have I sown that I should thus reap these bitter weeds?"
Let him seek within and find, and having found, let him abandon all seeds of self, and sow, henceforth, only seeds of Truth.
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